“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you’ve never seen the story of the poor Mexican fisherman, it’s a classic well worth reading. The tale is a simple philosophical exchange about the circle of life, the meaning of success and the value of enjoying the moment. Almost every culture tells some variation of this story for the very simple reason that it’s a story that transcends all humanity.
My own version boils down to a journey and it’s reflected perfectly in what we’re doing right now. For me RVing is about the story of travel just the same as life. We drive the road with a spark of expectation of what we will see, a tinge of excitement for the next destination, but ultimately uncertain of what is to come and always with unexpected twists along the way. The last two things are the things that tend to stump us the most, and yet (in my mind) they’re the absolute key to a happy ride.
As humans it’s easy to fall into the trap of great expectations of an ultimate destination. We’ll push forward with all our energy to get to that shining goal only to be exhausted or disappointed that things didn’t turn out exactly as expected. In the meantime we missed the joy of all the interesting little experiences along the way-> the unusual stops, the spectacular views, the people we met, the barriers that led to side-stories…
In short, we missed the whole journey.
For me the journey is the prize. If you can enjoy the journey, you can enjoy life. Whatever the road may throw at you, if you’re able to stop and appreciate the moment you’ll never be disappointed in the destination. Our lives are but a short tale between birth and death. Whatever your life or your goals, embrace your story and make sure you stop and enjoy the trail along the way, even if it’s not the one you expected to be on.
After all in the end, it’s all about the journey…